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How To Apply For $350 Million In Student Loan Forgiveness

There’s $350 million in student loan forgiveness available on a first-come, first-served basis.<p>Here’s what you need to know and how to apply.<p><b>Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education added a page to its website with details of the Temporary …

College & University

Don’t underestimate pandas, their bodies can neutralize cyanide

They’re more than just cuddly creatures<p>The giant panda has a complicated reputation. It is known as an adorable animal, a symbol of Chinese diplomacy, the poster child for endangered animals, the poster child for charismatic megafauna who get too much attention for being endangered, and a creature …

A British Woman Just Won $1 Million for Being the 'World’s Best Teacher'

A British arts and textiles instructor has won a $1 million prize given annually to the world’s best teacher.<p>Andria Zafirakou, who teaches at a …

Al Gore

'I Need a Miracle Every Day': Jake Peavy Picks Up Pieces of a Shattered Life

MOBILE, Ala. — The famous duck boat sits motionless in the quiet of a shed at the center of the property.<p>Where cheers and world champion ticker tape once rained down on its triumphant ride through Boston's streets, on this day there is only the rustling of an icy wind and Claude, the aging Texas …

Eric Holder’s Battle Against Gerrymandering

On November 7th, in Washington, D.C., after delivering a speech to the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Eric Holder grabbed his Blackberry in search of results from the Virginia elections. As the former Attorney General scrolled backward through a long e-mail thread, he quickly learned …

Hundreds of skeletons reportedly found on 'Murder Island'

Beneath the sand of this picturesque island chain lies a brutal and bloody past that’s still being unearthed.<p>Scientists are still discovering full skeletons that lay buried in the little-known “Murder Island” almost 400 years after Australia’s first and biggest mass murder, 60 Minutes reports.<p>The …

These ocean drones are trawling for climate change data

A fleet of unmanned boats is traveling from the Arctic to the equator, gathering vital data on climate change.<p>The autonomous vessels -- called "Saildrones" -- resemble bright red surfboards. Each is fitted with a 20-foot-high carbon fiber sail, and 16 sensors that test variables including carbon …

Carbon Fiber

Working in Trump's Washington is Testing Ben Carson's Beliefs

With three daughters and an old house full of flaking paint, Michele Stewart and her husband couldn’t afford to protect their children from lead …

Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes US West

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — A growing Oregon wildfire covered parts of Portland's metropolitan area Tuesday with ash and forced the shutdown of a lengthy …

'Zero progress' on school places in decade, says UN

<b>There has been "nearly zero progress" in tackling the lack of access to school in many of the world's poorest countries, a UN agency has said.</b><p>There are still 123 million school-age children without schools, Unicef said.<p>The UN's children's agency blamed "pervasive levels of poverty", conflict and …

Simone Askew is first black woman to lead West Point cadets

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the U.S. Military …

Heroes without capes: Portugal's firefighters work for free

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Almost all of the 2,000 Portuguese firefighters at a weeklong wildfire that killed 64 people this summer had something in …

Suicides under age 13: One every 5 days

<b>(CNN) —</b> One day after school in January, 8-year-old Gabriel Taye returned to his Cincinnati home and hanged himself with a necktie, his family's attorney says.<p>His mother, Cornelia Reynolds, found his body that afternoon in his bedroom. His family sued his school district last week, alleging that …

CDC

Poland eyes demanding WWII reparations from Germany

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities are looking into demanding reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted on Poland during World …

The Comedy Pet Photography Awards – in pictures

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards founders have launched a new show for pet pictures. Here are the finalists, selected from 2,500 entries

Comedy

Kelly wins praise across the aisle, but will Trump change?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raised voices could be heard through the thick door to the Oval Office as John Kelly — then secretary of Homeland Security — …

In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos

For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid …

Going down with the sheep: New Zealand rabbits hop aboard some woolly friends to flee floods

Three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs.<p>Sixty-four-year-old Ferg Horne said he had been farming since he left school at age 15 and had never seen anything quite like it.<p>He was trudging …

Dubai police install giant smiley face on station roof in bid to promote ‘happy vibes’

Dubai's police force has announced a new addition to its ranks: an enormous smiley face. Officers in the Middle Eastern megacity unveiled the emoji-like symbol on the glass dome at the top of al-Muraqqabat Police Station on Wednesday.<p>The face will be visible from inside and outside, a statement …

'Mind-blowing' cows hold clue to beating HIV

<b>Cows have shown an "insane" and "mind-blowing" ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers.</b><p>In a first for immunisation, the animals rapidly produced special types of antibody that can neutralise HIV.<p>It is thought cows evolved a supreme immune defence due to their …

Legal deal pulls money to teach tribal kids native language

New generations of children growing up in a tiny American Indian tribe in Arizona have lost a key way of learning to speak their native language, and it may not be coming back.<p>A private land developer stopped making payments five years ago that funded language development in Hopi schools and helped …

Schools address gender inclusion to ensure all students can learn

Eleven-year-old Liz Ondoma thinks talking babout gender equality in schools is important.<p>The Madison, Wis., fifth-grader took part in creative projects in Michele Hatchell’s art class that allowed her to express her views on equality. Her favorite was creating her own superhero with …

First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

<b>(CNN) —</b> A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL.<p>The candidate, a midshipman, and another woman have enlisted as the first female candidates seeking to join the Navy's special operations teams.<p>The latter is training for the Special …

The underground railway that became a secret wartime base

Once a rare underground railway, these hidden tunnels in Bristol later became a World War Two air-raid shelter and transmission base for the BBC.<p>The railway is all but invisible. Burrowed beneath the steep slope of Bristol’s Avon Gorge, even its two entrances are relatively hidden. On the hilltop, …

New findings reveal humans have been in Australia earlier than we thought

The Indigenous people of Australia have lived there for a very, very long time, but just how long has been a source of contention.<p>Now there's perhaps …

Cavalcade Of Hundreds Of Bikers To Escort Bullied Fourth-Grader To School

Bikers in Nova Scotia say bullied 10-year-old Xander Rose is "one of our brothers” now.<p>Xander Rose’s commute to elementary school on Wednesday morning promises to be a journey to remember.<p>Hundreds of local bikers were due to accompany the 10-year-old motorcycle enthusiast from Nova Scotia, Canada, …

Beavers' streak at 23; Harrison slam fuels 13-1 win over LSU

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The dominance Oregon State has shown all season was on full display Monday night.<p>Bryce Fehmel limited LSU to two hits in eight …

Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi …

17 Camping Recipes That Aren't S'Mores and Hot Dogs

Whether you’re hiking the trails, glamping in the desert or exploring your own backyard, you don’t have to sacrifice good food in order to enjoy the …

Cooking

Congress Goes to Bat in Charity Baseball Game: Pictures